The planning and zoning commission Monday night finalized the revamping of the B-3 Neighborhood Business District zoning code.

The biggest change focused on the addition of performance standards business owners must adhere to in that district.

Members also voted to recommend a list of types of businesses permitted in the district so that business owners aren’t required to get a conditional use permit to operate if they fall into the categories allowed.

City Attorney Tim Melenbrink recommended adopting performance standards similar to those set for a new I-2 light industrial district created earlier this year.

“If you set the overall standards for what the districts look like and what’s permissible, then you don’t have to fine-tune (for each individual business as with a conditional use permit),” he told the commission.

Standards require businesses to be retail or service establishments dealing directly with consumers. Goods produced on site have to be sold there and cannot be delivered to customers waiting in parked cars, such as with the operation of a drive-through.

The standards highlight physical appearance, sign requirements, lighting, fire hazards, the maximum noise decibel permitted, sewage and liquid waste discharge, air contaminants, odors, gases, vibration, glare and heat and forbid residential use.

Hours must not exceed 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. It also regulates off-street parking spaces.

A computer sales and service business requested that type of business be permitted and the plan board agreed to add it as a permitted use.

The list of permitted businesses and performance standards will go to the board of aldermen for final approval in the coming weeks.


The city began reworking zoning codes earlier this year.

There were several areas in the city that I-1 industrial or another zoning district that serve the function of a B-3 neighborhood business district.

There was a B-3 district, but it wasn’t being used.

The board of aldermen approved a new I-2 industrial general industrial district in June. That district is for industrial properties that are adjacent to residential zoning districts.

Before, business owners were required to get a conditional use permit to operate. Each time ownership changes, the permit had to be revised or a new permit had to be granted.